CULINARY OCCASIONS
Dan's Taste of Two Forks: Culinary Delights in the Hamptons

For the third year in a row, Hamptonites will have the amazing opportunity to indulge in the tastiest food around at Dan's Taste of Two Forks. Presented by Farrell Building Company, famed Chef Bobby Flay will serve as the host of the main event on Saturday evening, July 13th. The event takes place at Sayre Park in Bridgehampton. This culinary event is known as the food and wine event in the Hamptons, where attendees can sample the best dishes from local restaurants, sip on wine from local vineyards, and sample goods from East End purveyors. The event will also feature music from DJ Phresh. A portion of this year's proceeds will go toward All For the East End, an organization dedicated to generating new and creative sources of funding and support for the non-profits of Long Island's East End townships.

BEHIND THE PLATE
The First of Its Kind: A Greek Steakhouse

A staple of Gramercy's dining scene, Parea Bistro, recently re-branded and now presents Parea Prime, a fusion of Greek cuisine and traditional steakhouse. The first of its kind, the restaurant features a sophisticated Mediterranean dining experience, as well as the conventions of an American steakhouse. General manager Jean Christophe Villard says, "I wanted to create a unique restaurant concept, to provide fine diners with meat and more exciting European items." And that he did.

The menu features hand-selected USDA Prime Dry Aged steaks and chops from Pat LaFrieda & Sons, each aged at least 28 days in the LaFrieda Himalayan Salt room. In addition to their meats, Parea Prime also offers a fine selection of classic Greek dishes like tender lamb riblets and hearty vegetable moussaka, as well as a raw bar. Joonbug had the opportunity to attend an exclusive tasting at the recently re-branded restaurant and we were happily scarfing down all they had to offer. From the meatballs and the flavorful spanakopita to the expertly selected wine, we enjoyed everything that came across our plate (and glass). The restaurant has an in-house sommelier to help you with any pairings, as well as an expert mixologist ready to serve you cocktails. Additionally, every Friday evening from 8-11pm, the restaurant features live Greek music as the perfect backdrop to your meal.

Parea Prime is located at 36 E. 20th St.